WHAT IS TSUNAMI?
- Any unusual change in sea level.
- A ROARING noise.
Upon noticing the warnings signs: RUN to a safe place. Do not wait to be told. Do not wait until you see the wave - that is too late because the wave travels faster than you can run.
YOU ARE SAFE FROM THE WAVE AS LONG AS YOU ARE SEVERAL KILOMETRES FROM THE WATER'S EDGE OR ARE ON HIGH GROUND.
WHAT TO DO?
PREPARE FOR A TSUNAMI
- Tsunamis often happen suddenly, the community must be aware of the warning signs.
- Coastal communities and schools should plan for the tsunami. Preparation of areas and escape parts should be on higher grounds at least a few kilometres from the coast.
- Have disaster supplies on hand torch, radio, extra batteries, medicine, food and water supplies. Develop emergency plan and post for disaster meeting place.
DURING A TSUNAMI
- Listen to radio/TV for tsunami warnings, evacuate and seek higher grounds immediately if tsunami warnings arises.
- If you are on a boat off shore, do not return to shore - the vessel is safe in the open sea.
- During a tsunami emergency, police and other emergency organisations will try to save your life. Give them fullest cooperation. A tsunami is not a single wave-it is a series of waves, so stay out of danger areas for at least 2-3 hours.
AFTER A TSUNAMI
- Listen to your radio for advice and updates.
- Help trapped or injured people.
- Stay out of damage buildings. When returning to your homes enter with caution - check for gas leaks, electrical shorts and live wire.
- A small tsunami at one point on the shore can be extremely large a few kilometers away. Don't let the modest size of one make you lose respect for them all.